Saga Matsuri Festival, Kyoto

The Saga Matsuri Festival is the festival which has been told that it was taking place since the Kamakura period. It is held every May as the festival of the Nonomiya-jinja Shrine and the Atago-jinja Shrine. The Nonomiya-jinja Shrine is located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, and it is the shrine that has a benefit to children. And Atago-jinja is also located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, and it is the shrine that is believed as “Hibuse no kami” (god of fire prevention).

The highlight of the Saga Matsuri Festival are divided into two main parts. Shinkosai Festival and Kankosai Festival.
The Shinkosai is held at otabisho (a place for portable shrines to rest). In the Kankosai, the mikoshi of both shrines goes round.

The Shinkosai is held on the third Sunday in May, and the Kankosai is held on the fourth Sunday in May every year.
The Kankosai is a recommendation at sightseeing. In the Kankosai, the large procession parades to Daikakuji Temple and the Togetsu-kyo Bridge. It is a must to see Kenboko (decorated spear-like poles) and Shishimai (lion dance) walking around Arashiyama and Sagano.

Kenboko, which is said to be 6 meters in length and 40 kg in weight, seems to be preparing to clean up the roadside and prepare for the mikoshi (portable shrine) to go through.
It seems to be heavy obviously and, seemingly, it seems to be difficult to balance very well, so depending on the bearers, there seems to be a possibility of collapsing the balance a bit.

On the day of the festival, Arashiyama and Sagano area are full of vibrancy. By visiting you will be fine and get exciited.
The Saga Matsuri festival is the festival in character with Kyoto. Those who wish to visit Kyoto, please look at this festival by all means.


Name:Saga Matsuri Festival
Address:Nonomiya-jinja Shrine
Saganomiyacho 1 Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8393 Japan
Access:Nonomiya-jinja Shrine
JR Sanin-honsen Line “Saga Arashiyama-eki” Station (12 minutes walk)
Tel:(+81) 90-6240-7000 (Saga Matsuri Festival Service Association)
Official site:

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